WEST UNION – An oil and gas exploration company is suing to force the sale of the mineral rights of a 70-acre tract of land in Doddridge County to obtain them.
Antero Resources Corp. filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 in Doddridge Circuit Court against James E. Holliday, Donivan L. Cumpston, Paul Eugene Cumpston, James T. Robinson, Julia Ann Robinson Rogers, Kathryn E. Robinson and Clara Tate.
According to the complaint, Antero already owns approximately 1.6 percent interest in the oil and gas of the land in question, whereas the seven defendants together own 98.4 percent of the remaining rights. The action seeks the court to partition the rights by allotment according to a special commissioner or else force the sale of the land, leaving Antero able to bid on the title at a public auction.
Antero is represented by attorneys Corey L. Palumbo and Joshua A. Cottle of Bowles Rice LLP in Charleston.
Doddridge Circuit Court case number 16-C-5